If your baby was born premature and suffered birth injuries during or after delivery, there is a possibility that a doctor or nurse's negligence is at fault. A careful review of the records may reveal evidence that medical malpractice was the cause of your baby's condition. If this is the case, an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney from The Tolson Firm, LLC can represent you in a lawsuit to recover compensation for the injury. We have been named among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia for four consecutive years, and our team has litigated dozens of multi-million dollar cases to a successful resolution for our clients. Ms. Tolson was personally chosen by Johnnie Cochran as the first attorney for his Atlanta office, and has since earned a solid reputation for getting results in her current practice.
Babies are considered to have reached full term at 38 weeks, and deliveries which occur between 26 and 36 weeks are deemed to be premature. Preterm deliveries carry an increased risk of all types of birth injuries, as the newborn's organs are not fully developed. Actions taken by the nurses and the obstetrician during and after labor can have a significant impact on the baby's chances of survival. The situation demands the highest levels of precaution and care.
Some of the most common complications associated with premature delivery are due to the underdevelopment of the lungs. The baby may require an extended stay in an incubator in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), as oxygen deprivation and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) can cause brain injuries and cerebral palsy. There is additionally an increased risk of kernicterus, as the prematurely born baby's liver is usually far too weak to handle the elevated levels of bilirubin present in the blood stream after delivery. Other potential complications include serious lung and heart problems, as well as delays in development. The costs of neonatal treatment for prematurely delivered infants can be exorbitant, in addition to the expenses associated with ongoing care in the following months or years. If a doctor's mistakes caused your family to suffer so greatly, we want to help you recover the settlement you deserve.